In network design, the gap between theory and practice is woefully broad. This book narrows it, comprehensively and critically examining current network design models and methods. You will learn where mathematical modeling and algorithmic optimization have been under-utilized. At the opposite extreme, you will learn where they tend to fail to contribute to the twin goals of network efficiency and cost-savings. Most of all, you will learn precisely how to tailor theoretical models to make them as useful as possible in practice. Throughout, the authors focus on the traffic demands encountered in the real world of network design. Their generic approach, however, allows problem formulations and solutions to be applied across the board to virtually any type of backbone communication or computer network. For beginners, this book is an excellent introduction. For seasoned professionals, it provides immediate solutions and a strong foundation for further advances in the use of mathematical modeling for network design.
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Author Biography - Deepankar Medhi
Michal Pioro heads the Department of Computer Networks and Switching at the Institute of Telecommunications at Warsaw University of Technology. He serves as professor there and also at the Department of Communication Systems at Lund University in Sweden. Deepankar Medhi is Professor of Computer Networking in the Computer Science & Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. Prior to joining UMKC in 1989, he was a member of the technical staff in the traffic network routing and design department at the AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was an invited visiting professor at Technical University of Denmark and a visiting research fellow at the Lund University, Sweden. He is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He serves as a senior technical editor of the Journal of Network & Systems Management, and is on the editorial board of Computer Networks, Telecommunication Systems, and IEEE Communications Magazine. He has served on the technical program committees of numerous conferences including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE NOMS, IEEE IM, ITC, and DRCN. He received B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics from Cotton College, Gauhati University, India, an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Delhi, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has published more than 70 papers, and is co-author of the book Routing, Flow, and Capacity Design in Communication and Computer Networks, also published by Morgan Kaufmann (July 2004).